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Two poems with a completely the opposite views of love are Valentine written by Carol Anne Duffy in the 2oth century and How Do I Love Thee written by Elizabeth Barett Browning written in the 19th.

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A Comparison of Two Poems About Love and Relationships Two poems with a completely the opposite views of love are ?Valentine? written by Carol Anne Duffy in the 2oth century and ?How Do I Love Thee? written by Elizabeth Bareth Browning written in the 19th century. ?How Do I Love Thee? is a poem written by a wife describing her love for her husband. She portrays love as a fairy tale, with red roses, hearts, gifts and happiness, passion and devotion, whereas the second poem ? ?Valentine? portrays a more realistic side of love, where love is a powerful, passionate and wonderful emotion, but it does occasionally come with drawbacks. In relationships, unrealistic expectations help no-one. In the first two lines of the poem, the poet describes the intensity of her love. She measures the size of her love to the size of the universe ? ?How do I love thee!? let me count the ways? and ?I love thee to the depth breadth and height?. The next couple of lines she explains that the love she has is like a basic need of life; such as food and shelter. She feels that she needs to love from the beginning of the day to the end; just the way she needs to possess the basic nededs of life. ...read more.

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These two lines suggest that she has lost people people in her childhood, and has learned to love the way she wished she had been loved as a child. By giving us an insight in to her past and childhood, she has made it very clear that these painful events have affected the way that she loves at present. Even though there is only a small portion of her pain and grief revealed, she gives us quite a realistic picture of herself. All in all, I feel that even though the poem could be analysed negatively, there are more positive aspects to it. I feel that she is indeed in love and is portraying the emotion in a very significant way. She portrays herself to be happy and shows us that indeed even though she has suffered losses and been lonely in the past, she has overcome it all and learnt to love again. The second poem ?Valentine? is written in a much more modern form. It is an unusual poem and possibly gives a more realistic view of love. ?Valentine? begins on a much harsher tone. The title ?Valentine? makes the reader imagine that the poem is actually about love, and is related to Valentines day. This is not really the case as it is not related to romantic love, but this poem uses an onion (a symbol of representation of love) ...read more.

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The poem also focus on the thoughts and emotions of the speaker, you could imagine the reactions of the person they?re talking to. The poet also never reveals the sex or identity of either person. As you can see, there are quite a lot of differences in the two poems. One creates the image of the writer being in love and expresses a passionate emotion. She is crazy about her husband and can not imagine a life without him. She portrays the good side of love, and expresses the joy as well as happiness that love brings. On the other hand the second poem portrays a completely different side of love ? a side we do not usually associate with love. She compares love to an onion and describes the pain that love gives a person. The heart breaks, and the figths. There is a strong message behind the second poem, because it tells us how much love can hurt a person. I think that both poems are useful, because they portray and tell us the truth about love. They show us the happiness and joy that love brings, and the pains and sorrow that a broken heart can bring. All in all I agree with both poets perspectives of love, because they are both quite reliable. ...read more.

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